by D.


Map out your retreat. If you can, use the county plat drawing that shows the boundary lines, fences, out buildings, etc. Blow this up to size and post it where you will run your patrol and guard force from. (Yeah I know FORCE, when each may consist of only four members.) You still need to locate, communicate with and be able to direct them.

Mark in your fighting positions, fall back positions, fields of fire, exits, kill zones, etc., Know what you have out there and where it is located. Designate a 12 O’clock position on the property, and make certain everyone knows it, so you can direct team members and warn of attack directions.

Collect maps of your surrounding area and then scout out in advance, resources that you may have to later scavenge. Mark the locations and details on these maps. Use them to plan your defense of entry roads and placement of barricades. Locate cache sites and use a coded system to mark them (Look up thrust points). Plan and mark your escape routes. Most all of this info should be held secure from the group until its use is necessary. Appoint a replacement should you become incapacitated and share this info with he/she only.

Finally, go on Google earth and “Fly” around. Study your surrounding area and plan, plan, plan. Save Google maps from an area about twenty miles out from your perimeter on a jump drive, dedicate a cheap notebook/laptop to this and other critical data.

Diagram patrols and any movements in advance so all know what you are doing, where you are going and any RV points in the event you are split up or have to bomb shell to escape. DO NOT allow any of this material out of the perimeter to be possibly captured. Maps may go but without any markings that may lead back to the retreat.

OK, I am fried for now, so this will be the end of this series.

“Even paranoids have enemies”   Regards, D. OUT!

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4 thoughts on “THE UN-THOUGHT OF Part 5”

  1. Indians in hunting parties and raiding parties would set up a camp with all of the security you might expect and when they went to sleep they would individually walk into the forest and find their place to rest. They would have agreed beforehand where to meet in the event of a raiding party. There was no nighttiime campfire, no group of men sleeping around a warming fire, not even posted guards (usually). They dispersed with a plan to meet in the morning. If attackers came in th enight they planned to meet some distance from the camp. Rogers Rangers adopted similar rules. They would eat on the trail before stopping for the night and once they stopped they would set a plan and each pick their resting spot some distance from the others. One of the problems with living in the house and protecting it from someone wanting to breakin is you are stuck in there. Now I would prefer to sleep in my bed but if TSHTF I should probably have some other options. A place to sleep outside the home where I can either effectively defend it or wisely abandon it (at least temporarily). Something better then the all or nothing choice of being trapped in the house.

  2. Digger:
    I really like your indian trivia, and it makes some sense regarding RON (remain over night) patrols.

    That said, let me addresss the “house” issue. Unless you are stuck with the Bug-In defense of an apartment, which I believe is doomed to failure, the point is not to defend the building, but the perimeter. That standoff line in the sand is your last line of defense. If they have gotten to your house, you are in deep Kimshi, and better have a withdrawal plan ready. You want to engage well out beyound your perimeter (from defensive positions outside the building). Are you going to run from window to window, like the Alamo, trying to engage multiple attackers while framing yourself in predictable window targets? Troops do not defend from the shelters or tents in which they sleep but defend a perimiter as large as they have the man power to defend. Sleep in the house, yes, but defend from OUTSIDE.
    On another note: I don’t know what this has to do with “Maps and diagrams” If you will note this article adressses an area up to 20 miles out from your perimeter. You need some control or at least info on your surroundings to mount a proper defense.

  3. Good advice for a larger force, but in my home there are just two of us. We can’t stay up all night or set up listening posts. If there is a firefight I expect I would die where I stand as most homes are indefensible. But the home is to a home invader ‘the prize”. If 2-20 people decide to invade my home and take my stuff they will succeed even if it means they burn us out. So after SHTF I don’t have any intent in sleeping in our warm comfortable bed or sitting in my easy chair with a drink and a good book. I have no choice but to find a safer place, nearby but safer, where I can be unseen and not in the trap commonly known as a home. If I am hidden outside and thugs come then while they take the house I can take the back road or if it is possible take a few shots at them as they expose themselves.

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